Monday News, October 5
Fire Department Responds To Garage Fire
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department started fire prevention week by responding to an early Sunday morning garage fire located at 36593 140th Street, about four miles north of Le Mars. The fire was reported at about 3:10 a.m. Upon arrival fire fighters found a single stall detached garage that was fully engulfed. The heat from the fire had started to melt the siding on the nearby house, and also had broken out windows on a nearby storage building. Fire fighters cooled down the house and the storage building and then proceeded to extinguish the garage fire. The garage, a vehicle inside the garage, and all other contents in the garage was listed as a total loss. Fire fighters were able to save the house and the other storage buildings on the property. Fire fighters were on the scene for 1 1/2 hours.
The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was assisted at the scene by the Oyens Fire Department, the Plymouth County Sheriffs Office, North West REC, and Campbell's Electric. There were no injuries and damage is estimated at over $20,000. An investigation into the cause of the fire was conducted. Fire Chief Dave Schipper determined the cause was accidental with the most probable cause of the fire being an electrical equipment malfunction with wiring in a car that was parked in the garage just prior to the fire occurring.
500 Plus People Attend Fire Department Breakfast
(Le Mars) -- More than 500 people attended the Le Mars Fire Department's pancake and sausage breakfast held Sunday morning at the Fire Station number one. Dave Schipper, the fire chief for the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, says the breakfast is a way for the fire department to thank the community of Le Mars, and to call attention to the start of fire prevention week. Funds raised through the pancake breakfast will go to help purchase needed equipment.
Now Is The Time To Be Vaccinated For Influenza
(Le Mars) -- Now that autumn is upon us, it won't be long before we'll hear about an outbreak of influenza. Tara Geddes, Community Health Director for Plymouth County reminds us this is the time to consider getting a flu vaccination. She says nearly everyone should be vaccinated.
Geddes says the flu vaccine should prevent four different types of strains.
The community health official says for most people they can choose either the injection or a nasal mist vaccine is also available.
Geddes says flu vaccines will be distributed at various locations through out the county during the month of October.
Flu vaccinations will cost $25 unless you are eligible for Medicare part B. Geddes says, the flu, at times can be quite serious.
Floyd Valley Hospital OB Unit Receives "Quality Service" Award
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital's OB unit was recently recognized with a "Quality Service" award from Avera Medical. Cherie Varenhorst serves as the supervisor for the OB unit. She says the staff at Floyd Valley Hospital was able to create a plan addressing medical problems that may arise during delivery.
Varenhorst says five people from Floyd Valley developed the plan for protocol in case of emergency services would be needed at the time of a delivery. Varenhorst says regardless whether a nurse works in the OB unit, all of Floyd Valley nursing staff have gone through the training, so to be prepared if called upon. Varenhorst says Floyd Valley was in competition against several other hospitals, both large and small. She says this is the first time the Le Mars based hospital has received the "Quality Service" award for the OB unit. Varenhorst says after being recognized by Avera, other hospitals were interested in the Floyd Valley plan.
Varenhorst says Floyd Valley OB staff has had to implement their plan due to a complicated pregnancy and delivery.
Sioux City Man Arrested For Stabbing Brother
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing and injuring his brother.
The Sioux City police were called to the home where the stabbing happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.
The victim told police that his 32-year-old brother, Lonny Reuney, had stabbed him.
The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, and Reuney was taken to the Woodbury County Jail.
Reuney is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
UAW Ratifies Contract With Deere And Co.
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - Farm equipment manufacturer Deere and Company says United Auto Workers members have approved a new six-year labor agreement that covers facilities in three states.
Deere and UAW reached a tentative agreement last week. The company said in a statement Sunday it received notification that UAW members had ratified the deal. Negotiations began in late August.
The statement says terms of the agreement will not be made public.
The master labor contract covers manufacturing employees at factories in Davenport, Ankeny, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo, Iowa; East Moline, Moline and Milan, Illinois; and Coffeyville, Kansas.
Declining sales have led Deere to lay off workers in Iowa and Illinois this year.
Branstad's Executive Order On Bullying Raises Questions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad's executive order to create an office for bullying prevention in schools bypasses failed legislative action on the issue, but the Sept. 28 move raises questions about how the small office will tackle major problems.
Alan Heisterkamp is the director of the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa, which will manage the Governor's Office for Bullying Prevention.
The center has an operating budget of about $160,000, though it's seeking $250,000 in state money. It's unclear how much the center will spend on bullying-prevention training for Iowa's school districts and other anti-bullying initiatives.
Some legislators and anti-bullying activists say a law is still needed to codify the executive order's intent.